Over a period of 2 months (was volunteering in Cambodia) I stayed here several times in several different rooms. They have loads of rooms here and as I watched new backpackers arrive all the time I got to listen to the lies being told. Commonly people would be told that it was really full and give them the option of taking a really dingey room or the most expensive - just manipulating what rooms they wanted to give out, saving the good ones for people (usually older travelles) who would be prepared to pay more etc. Also, they would make up the price dependant on what you looked like and how many people were staying in that room. Do try and haggle, but they are pretty good at not budging on their first price.
The rooms varied, i stayed in a really nice air con room which was really spacious, tv, decent bathroom for approx $10 (this was however because i was staying for a long period and negotiated this price), although the noise was a problem on the outside street sometimes.
Another room which was $7 was pretty gross, the toilet would never flush properly, the bed was well used, no air con. Some rooms on offer for the real budget backpackers are real boxes, you can barely stand up in them. Make sure you see the room first and ask to see another room (despite what they say there will always be another room spare). The kitchen side of the building (upstairs) has far nicer rooms than the older section.
The downstairs is good for meeting fellow travellers and the food isn't bad, well priced anyway. Movies are also shown every night although the workers love to put on what they want to watch which usually involves violence of some sort. Also, watch out for all the tuk tuk/moto drivers outside, they will usually ask for a lot more money than needs to be paid, I'd find one elsewhere at the top of the road.
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